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[News] K3b 2.0 Near Inclusion in K Desktop Environment 4

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K3b 2.0 Alpha Preview - First Release of the KDE4 Port Is Out

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| I was pleased to hear a while ago that K3b got two new developers assigned by 
| the Mandriva project and that work at the KDE4 port is going well now. 
| Although K3b was inactive for a pretty long time (the last stable release was 
| 1.0.5 for KDE3 on May 27, 2008), it looks like development goes at a fast 
| pace and the first alpha of the KDE4 port was put up a little earlier this 
| month.     



K3b 2.0 coming to KDE4 mid-2009, Qt forked for port

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| Popular CD and DVD burning application for KDE, K3b is gearing up for its
| first port to KDE4 with a pending 2.0 release, but part of the Qt toolkit had
| to be forked to make it possible.
| K3b version 1.0 was released for the KDE 3 series in 2007, but since then it
| has been a non-trivial port to the new KDE4 platform for lead developer
| Sebastian Trueg.


Parts applet improved [Lancelot]

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| The parts applet is now based on the Plasma::PopupApplet just like most other
| applets including the device notifier (Plasma::PopupApplet did not exist when
| the Parts applet was developed - it was introduced along with Plasma
| extenders). You can see what it looks like in the left screenshot.
| It has some bugs at the moment, but will be polished in time for 4.3.


Test-Driving KDE 4

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| At this point, I’ve yet to reach a verdict on whether or not I like KDE 4.
| It has some nice features, but I’m having a hard time getting over KMail’s
| lackluster performance and the absence of a normal desktop.  I’ve made a
| commitment to continue using KDE until the end of the week, however, at which
| time I’ll write an update containing a more thorough outline of my
| experience.


Post 4.2 features - part 1 [Lancelot]

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| New system buttons
| One of the first requested features, even before the Lancelot brainstorm
| thread on KDE forums was to change the system buttons from Lock Session, Log
| Out and Switch User to something else because some users don’t use some of
| the buttons. Radically changing the Lancelot behaviour this late in its age
| of existence is something that can not be considered. But the users should
| have some freedom.


You’ve got branched!

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| While this is great news for 4.2, it is even better for 4.3. This means that
| the SVN trunk is now exiting the /feature freeze/ state. This is a great
| thing for developers because the development becomes fun again (squashing
| bugs can not be labeled as fun), great for PlanetKDE readers since you’ll get
| real news from now on, and great for feature junkies for obvious reasons.


Lancelot, and the Knights of the Plasma Widget

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| As someone who is a stickler for usability and efficiency, this sort of
| project is really brilliant. The fact that there is competition between
| different menu systems is part of what gives open-source operating systems an
| edge over the commercial ones.


Lancelot reaches Holy Grail of KDE menu

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| KDE 4 is barely eight months old, and already it has three options for a main
| menu. Until now, users have either used the default Kickoff, which makes for
| awkward navigation of the menu tree, or reverted to the familiar but unwieldy
| classic menu. Now, with the first full release of Lancelot, users have
| another option that overcomes the shortcomings of both other alternatives and
| gives KDE 4 a thoroughly modern menu.
| [...]
| These points aside, Lancelot is in many ways what Kickoff should have been.
| It makes Kickoff structures work without inhibiting navigation or adding
| unnecessary complexity. I would not be greatly surprised if, a few releases
| down the road, Lancelot becomes the default menu in the KDE 4 series.


Lancelot revealed

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| Well, not exactly, but now you can get the general idea, and you can see what
| it will look like
| This is an actual screenshot, not a mock up...



The LHC is using KDE

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| I found some more interesting images:
| http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-35141-3.html
| http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-35141-5.html
| http://img388.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ohptoftimemeasured13sepjy2.png (from
| slashdot.org)


Deploying KDE to 52 million young people

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| By the end of this year 29,000 labs serving some 32,000,000 students will be
| fully deployed and in active use.
| By the end of next year (2009) those numbers will have swelled to 53,000 labs
| serving some 52,000,000 students.

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